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Some Definitions that are used in this Silktorrent wiki
Privacy of a person is a state, where information about that person is not accessible to other parties that have not been explicitly and voluntarily designated by that person to have access to that information.
The word "private" is an adjective that describes the existence of the privacy in some context.
Having access to information set X differs from knowing information set X, because people do not know everything by heart, but people can store unencrypted information. Having access to information set X differs from receiving information set X, because the information set X might be stored by a 3. party just like a public library is accessible to everyone, but the people, who can walk into a public library building and have access to the books do not need to receive the books to their own book collection.
Why is Privacy Useful
In essence having privacy is like taking cover in a firearms based shootout. The main usefulness of privacy is that it allows to secretly conduct activities that the rest of the population or part of the rest of the population does not want to happen. For example, it allows the study of subjects and topics that the rest of the population would prefer to censor. As being different from the rest of the herd members tends to be punished at a social herd, privacy allows to make choices that differ from those of the others without receiving the punishment from the others. That allows the herd members to obtain skills that they would not be able to obtain, if they strictly adhered to the accepted behaviour. That in turn makes the herd more versatile, which increases the survival probability of the herd as a whole.
Intellectuality and Autonomy
- A Conversation on Privacy(local copy) by Edward Snowden, Noam Chomsky, Glenn Greenwald